In June 2016, everything changed for Joffian, a Compassion-assisted young man in Indonesia. At just 14 years old, he lost his mother — the only person who truly understood him — tragically to a heart attack.
Joffian was typically a quiet, sensitive soul who preferred spending time at home or hanging out with his close friends. However, after he lost his mother, Joffian’s grief triggered a downward spiral. He began struggling with his mental health and picked up new, destructive behaviors. He began hurting himself and others.
“He would make trouble with his friends at school,” says Friyandly, a child protection specialist at the partner church-based center that Joffian attends. “He would fight them and even invited one of his teachers at school to fight him. He made trouble with the tutors at the Compassion center.”
Joffian lost interest in learning. At home or at church, he behaved aggressively and became easily offended.